Praise given to region’s fostering and care services

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PRIVATE fostering services in the region have been rated as good by Ofsted inspectors.

North Yorkshire County Council is the only authority in the country so far to receive the high rating for the service.

Private foster carers are those people that look after someone else’s child full-time, for more than 28 days and are not the parent or a close relative.

Recently, Ofsted inspected North Yorkshire’s private fostering service and has given a rating of ‘good’ for the quality of its service, its overall effectiveness, the way it keeps children and young people safe, and its leadership and management.

The report has been published just as the council is starting its 2013 Private Fostering Awareness campaign which will see new posters and leaflets distributed to primary and secondary schools across North Yorkshire.

Coun Tony Hall, North Yorkshire’s executive member for Children’s Services said: “Private fostered children and young people can be amongst the most vulnerable in the UK, so we are pleased the Ofsted inspectors said that our awareness raising activities are effective and that young people understand their duty to get in touch with us.

“It was also encouraging that they highlighted the quality of information on our website, which can easily be translated into a number of languages, and that we make good use of the media and social networking to increase understanding of private fostering.”

Ofsted said that there had been a “demonstrable improvement” since the last inspection.